Community: Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Central Desert region
Language group: Western Arrernte, Central Desert region
Marlene Rubuntja is an Arrernte woman, born in 1961 in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). She lives and works on the Yarrenyty Arltere Town Camp. Rubuntja is an artist whose practice is embedded deeply in humour, story, generosity and place. With a profound insight into the complex issues of life in Central Australia, she has found a way, through her art, to celebrate the beauty, question the injustices, and showcase the unique resilient spirit of Mparntwe. As a senior artist at Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Rubuntja works with soft sculpture, ink on paper, film and storytelling.
'Woman with Dilly Bags and Dilly Bag hat' 2019
Mixed media, plastic, woolen blankets dyed with bush plants, cotton, wool, hessian, feathers, 26 x 31 x 34 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors Group 2019
© Marlene Rubuntja
Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins